What we know about smells in software test code

Vahid Garousi, Baris Kucuk, Michael Felderer

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Test smells are poorly designed tests and negatively affect the quality of test suites and production code. We present the largest catalog of test smells, along with a summary of guidelines, techniques, and tools used to deal with test smells.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8501942
Pages (from-to)61-73
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Software
Issue number3
Early online date22 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 01 Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • multivocal literature review
  • Software testing
  • systematic literature review
  • test anti-patterns
  • test automation
  • test scripts
  • test smells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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